The Center Township Fire Department has begun using an “active shooter trauma kit,” with three more of the specialized units scheduled to be carried on the department’s apparatus by July 1.
Assembled by CTFD and Witham Health Services at a cost of about $100, the kits are specifically designed for the control of massive bleeding and trauma.“You’re worried about bleeding containment in mass casualty incidents,” CTFD Firefighter Casey Samson said. “These bags can be used in conjunction with law enforcement; as they are clearing a building, we can be treating victims.”“Everything is meant for rapid use,” said CTFD EMS Capt. Jim French, the department’s training officer. “All this is designed for easy application.” The active shooter kits will not be used for any other type of trauma incident.
The kits differ from standard “jump kits” used by EMS personnel primarily in having a tourniquet design refined for combat use. Designed after the Combat Application Tourniquet System issued to individual soldiers, the tourniquet includes a handle that is twisted to apply pressure, halting blood flow.
Also in the kits are OLAES modular bandages, multi-purpose, easily-applied bandages designed to control bleeding. “It’s QuikClot in a bandage,” Samson said, referring to a product created to quickly reduce bleeding.
Two CTFD firefighters have been trained in the techniques of Tactical Combat Casualty Care, a program created by the National Association of Emergency Medial Technicians. More firefighters will be trained in the TCCC system this year, French said.
The TCCC system has three objectives, the NAEMT said on its website: “Treat the casualty; prevent additional casualties; complete the mission.”